More Helpful Links & Resources for Adults


The Library has a wide range of resources to help you learn new skills, explore our collections, and stay connected—all from home. Explore our digital materials to find tips for small business owners, advice on how to take the Census remotely, and more.

Small Business Resources

Info for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
A helpful list of resources for your business from the government and other organizations.

Business Resources from Home
Library resources and services for your business available from home.

Business Plan Resources from Home
Continue your business plan research from home with these resources.

Adult Education at NYPL

Find resources in English and Spanish to help you keep up with or gain digital skills in topics such as basic computing, internet basics, coding, creating your own podcast, 3D printing, and Microsoft Office. Select materials are available as digital handouts in Mandarin Chinese.

Websites for ESOL and Adult Literacy Students and Educators
Online resources for students and educators that provide access to a wide range of topics including practice in listening, vocabulary, and grammar.

Virtual Career Services
Connect with a coach to support your job search needs and gain new tools to build your mental resilience. Access job search databases for curated job search materials.   

Find more information on learning, wellness, recreation, and New York City/New York State resources below. Whether you are looking for mental health resources, activities to do at home, or government information, these free resources are here to help.

If you don’t read standard print, check out the resources available in this blog: Feast Your Ears on Audiobooks, Audio Magazines, Concerts, Classic Radio, and More to Keep You Busy If You Don't Read Standard Print

Encuentre información confiable en español y una variedad de recursos disponibles para todas las edades aquí: Servicios y Herramientas en Línea en Español con Acceso Remoto

Featured NYPL Resources

2020 Census at the Library
Find information about taking the Census online, why an accurate count is so important for New York City, and how you can help promote the Census in your community.

NYPL Podcasts 
Looking for brain food? Check out the Library’s podcast, The Librarian Is In, a biweekly conversation on everything we love about books and reading. Plus, find archives of the podcast Library Talks, which features in-depth conversations with a wide variety of cultural figures.

Popular Magazines
Explore more than 1,000 full-text magazine titles, covering subjects such as general interest, social sciences, health, and more. Log in with your NYPL library card. 

Keep up on current events and research topics of special interest. This database provides access to thousands of current newspapers and magazines from around the world in full-color, full-page format. Titles include Smithsonian, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, and The Los Angeles Times. Log in with your NYPL library card.

Picture Collection
Discover more than 34,000 reference images from the Library’s famous visual archive. Access without a library card. 

What’s on the Menu? Collection
Take a deep dive into New York food history with our archive of restaurant menus dating back to 1840. View scanned menus and search by dish, time period, and more. Access without a library card.

Trans Oral History Project & Community Oral History Project
Explore the lives of fellow New Yorkers through recorded and transcribed interviews. Please note that the Community Oral History Project is currently inactive.

Spaces to Thrive & Book Recommendations 
Spaces to Thrive is a new partnership between The New York Public Library and the Mayor's Office of ThriveNYC to spark conversations about mental health and offer knowledge, support, and resources. Visit to find book recommendations and other support services. 

Connections 2021
Connections is a reentry guidebook and directory created by the Library for communities impacted by criminalization and incarceration.

Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE)
Online directory available through NYPL offering information on more than 5,000 health and social services available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in the greater New York area.

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Information is available in Spanish and other languages. Access without a library card through NYPL.

Multilingual Consumer Health Information
Consumer health information in a variety of languages, from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Access without a library card through NYPL.

Map Warper
Want to see how your neighborhood looked 50 years ago? Map Warper is a tool for digitally aligning ("rectifying") historical maps from NYPL's collections to match today's precise maps. 

Writing Prompts
Whether you’re a veteran novelist or an aspiring writer, draw inspiration from these NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) writing prompts.

Featured External Resources

Recreation & Wellness

Call Me Ishmael 
Call Me Ishmael is a New York City–based project that invites readers to celebrate the books they love. Anyone can call and leave a voicemail message about their favorite book. Thousands of bibliophiles have already called and over a million readers have listened to this library of stories.

Guided Meditation
UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) invites you to relax and rejuvenate with a variety of simple, guided meditations for free online. Twelve meditations—each from five to 19 minutes long and four of them in Spanish—are available on subjects like “Breathing Meditation” and “Meditation for Working with Difficulties.” Also available as a free mobile app.

Safe Horizon 
Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families, and communities. Safe Horizon provides 24/7 toll-free hotlines. 

New York City & State Resources

NYC Emergency Management 
The NYC Emergency Management website includes a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance. 

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The DOHMH website offers guidance on how to stay healthy and keeps you updated on the latest COVID-19 updates for NYC.

NYC Well 
NYC Well is a 24/7 confidential helpline for all mental health and substance misuse services in New York City. Trained counselors are available to provide support over the phone, by text, or by chat, with interpreters available for 200+ languages. Services include counseling, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, peer support, referrals to care, assistance in connecting to a referral, and follow-up services. The site also contains a list of apps and online tools to help you manage your health and emotional wellbeing.

NYC Department for the Aging
The NYC Department for the Aging’s Aging Connect hotline provides a direct link to a range of aging services. Call 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) to learn about services and support available to older adults and their caregivers. 

NYC Veterans
If you are a veteran living in New York, or New Jersey, you can get trauma counseling and crisis intervention support. Veterans can also access mental health support by calling the Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255.

NYC Free Tax Prep
If you earned $64,000 or less last tax year, the City can help you file your taxes for free online. Check the webpage for COVID-19 related updates.

New York State Department of Health
The NYS DOH website includes an entire page dedicated to COVID-19 updates. It includes information about staying safe, paid sick leave, school closures, COVID-19 testing, insurance, protocols for sanitizing businesses, a know-your-rights page, and more.

New York State Attorney General Coronavirus Consumer Protection Resources
The NYS Attorney General’s Office website offers information about how to protect yourself from consumer scams related to COVID-19. You can also find information about New York State’s temporary suspension of debt collection for debts owed to NYS hospitals and universities.

New York State Courts
Visit the New York State Courts website to find information about jury duty, pending cases, and temporary suspension of current cases. Effective Monday, March 16, non-essential functions of the courts were postponed until further notice. Detailed information can be found here.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services including all interviews and naturalization ceremonies. To schedule an emergency appointment contact the USCIS Contact Center.

Video Guide to Completing the 2020 Census Online
Learn about completing the Census, step by step, in this helpful video. It is also available in SpanishMandarin (Simplified Chinese), Mandarin (Traditional Chinese)Cantonese (Simplified Chinese)BengaliFrench, Italian, RussianArabic, and American Sign Language.

Recursos en Español

Guia en video sobre el Censo 2020
Aprenda sobre el censo e instrucciones paso a paso.

Departamento de Salud de la Ciudad de Nueva York
El sitio web ofrece orientación sobre cómo mantenerse saludable y lo mantiene actualizado sobre las últimas actualizaciones de COVID-19 para la ciudad de Nueva York, incluyendo traducciones al español y otros idiomas.

Efectivo inmediatamente USCIS suspende todos los servicios rutinarios en persona con solicitantes en todas sus oficinas, incluidas todas las entrevistas y ceremonias de naturalización. Visite para obtener actualizaciones. Las personas que tenían citas de InfoPass u otras citas en la oficina local deberán reprogramarlas a través del Centro de Contacto de USCIS

Get Started With SimplyE

Hand holding phone with SimplyE on screen New York Public Library cardholders can gain access to an array of digital resources for all ages, including e-books, audiobooks, databases, and more.

If you don’t have an NYPL library card, New York State residents can apply for a digital card through the Library’s SimplyE app (available on the App Store or Google Play). Once you’ve received your barcode and PIN, explore SimplyE to discover hundreds of thousands of e-books, plus visit our website to find many more digital resources. You can also find your library card number by logging into your library account with your SimplyE username and pin. The 14 digit library card number is displayed underneath your name.

Patrons 13 years and older can apply for their own library cards. Patrons 12 and under will need a parent or caregiver to create an account. Note: These accounts cannot be restricted to only children’s materials.

After registering, it may take a few hours to receive your barcode in order to access the Library’s digital resources. Once you sign up for a card through SimplyE, you will need to select a home library after your barcode has been emailed to you. Log into your account and click on Settings to set your Preferred Pickup location.

If you have questions, please email

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For more information about these third-party links, please see the section of NYPL's Privacy Policy describing "Third-Party Library Services Providers . Note that children under the age of 13 should not submit any personally-identifiable information (e.g., name, email address, etc.) to any online website, per federal COPPA requirements.